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Tom Hardy is riveting in “The Take” miniseries

Melissa Hayer Published: November 25, 2011
Tom Hardy, center, and in back row, from left: Kierston Wareing, Brian Cox, Shaun Evans and Charlotte Riley of "The Take" - Photo Provided by Encore
Tom Hardy, center, and in back row, from left: Kierston Wareing, Brian Cox, Shaun Evans and Charlotte Riley of "The Take" - Photo Provided by Encore

At front center, Tom Hardy, back row, from left, Kierston Wareing, Brian Cox, Shaun Evans and Charlotte Riley of "The Take" - Photo Provided by Encore

 

The 2009 U.K. miniseries “The Take,” starring Tom Hardy, will be making its Encore debut at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, with consecutive episodes airing each Friday at that time through Dec. 23.

Set in the streets of London’s East End, “The Take” centers on Freddie Jackson (Hardy,”Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises ,”) and his cousin Jimmy (Shaun Evans, “Boy A”), their families, and the criminal underworld they inhabit during a 10-year span.

As the miniseries begins, Freddie has just been released from prison, and with imprisoned godfather of crime Ozzy (Brian Cox, “The Bourne Supremacy,” “Braveheart”) behind him, he returns to his crooked ways.

Although his wife Jackie (Kierston Wareing, “Leaving, “It’s a Free World”) is devoted to him, Freddy is not so exclusive with his affections.

Freddie is loyal to his younger cousin Jimmy, who at first rides Freddie’s coattails and works on smoothing over situations where Freddie has lost control and become excessively violent.

But Jimmy manages to come into his own in making a name for himself in this corrupt arena.

Jimmy’s wife Maggie (Charlotte Riley, “Easy Virtue”), is also dedicated to her husband, but theirs is a much more stable, mutual relationship than that of Jackie and Freddie’s.

Freddie harbors jealousy and resentment against Jimmy, which manifests itself in  an extremely brutal way, while Jackie becomes unhinged due to Freddie’s lack of fidelity and failure to reach the success Jimmy has.

Ultimately, Jimmy is forced to choose between his loyalty to Freddie or protecting the life he has with Maggie – but will Freddie’s own past choices be his downfall first?

“The Take,” which is based on the crime thriller written by Martina Cole, is engrossing, and Hardy completely immerses himself in his performance as Freddie.

Despite this character’s savageness, you can’t take your eyes off of him.

Riley is especially compelling as Maggie, while Evans, Wareing and Cox deliver solid performances.

The miniseries, distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, is directed by David Drury, written by Neil Biswas, and produced by Willow Grylls.

Lavinia Warner, Charles Pattinson, George Faber, Helen Flint, Suzan Harrison, Andrew Lowe, Elaine Pyke and Martina Cole are executive producers.

– Melissa Hayer

mhayer@opubco.com

Follow me on Twitter: @MelissaHayer

 

Jimmy and Maggie Wedding
© Jonathan Hession for Sky1
20.01.2009
Jimmy and Maggie Wedding © Jonathan Hession for Sky1 20.01.2009

 

Itís 1984 and Freddie Jackson (Tom Hardy) is just out of prison. 
In prison, Freddie has made a powerful new ally in Ozzy (Brian Cox), a legendary criminal Godfather who controls the East End crime empire from his prison cell.  With Ozzyís protection Freddie is cocky, arrogant and keen to settle some old scores.
With his faithful cousin Jimmy (Shaun Evans) by his side, Freddie is ready to take on the world. But Siddy Clancy (David Schofield), Ozzyís right-hand man, makes sure that Freddie knows his place.
Freddieís wife Jackie (Kierston Wareing) is ecstatic to see her husband and vows that this time around things will be different. Jackieís sister Maggie (Charlotte Riley) isnít as convinced but supports her sister whilst her relationship with Jimmy flourishes.
At first, Freddie gets everything he ever wanted and Jimmy is taken along for the ride, the two creating a growing crime empire that gives them all the respect and money they've hungered for.
But Freddie soon proves himself to be unpredictably violent and extremely dangerous. A loose cannon who will kill anyone who stands in his way, even Freddieís own family arenít safe from his violent outbursts. Only the quick thinking of Jimmy manages to keep him onside with Ozzy, the younger man  fast proving himself to be someone to watch.
As Jackie becomes pregnant with Freddieís baby, Freddie shows so signs of settling down, his behaviour spiralling dangerously out of control.
Itís 1984 and Freddie Jackson (Tom Hardy) is just out of prison. In prison, Freddie has made a powerful new ally in Ozzy (Brian Cox), a legendary criminal Godfather who controls the East End crime empire from his prison cell. With Ozzyís protection Freddie is cocky, arrogant and keen to settle some old scores. With his faithful cousin Jimmy (Shaun Evans) by his side, Freddie is ready to take on the world. But Siddy Clancy (David Schofield), Ozzyís right-hand man, makes sure that Freddie knows his place. Freddieís wife Jackie (Kierston Wareing) is ecstatic to see her husband and vows that this time around things will be different. Jackieís sister Maggie (Charlotte Riley) isnít as convinced but supports her sister whilst her relationship with Jimmy flourishes. At first, Freddie gets everything he ever wanted and Jimmy is taken along for the ride, the two creating a growing crime empire that gives them all the respect and money they've hungered for. But Freddie soon proves himself to be unpredictably violent and extremely dangerous. A loose cannon who will kill anyone who stands in his way, even Freddieís own family arenít safe from his violent outbursts. Only the quick thinking of Jimmy manages to keep him onside with Ozzy, the younger man fast proving himself to be someone to watch. As Jackie becomes pregnant with Freddieís baby, Freddie shows so signs of settling down, his behaviour spiralling dangerously out of control.

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